Tag Archives: Joshua L. Chamberlain

“This Surgeon Brought and Introduced Col. Chamberlain of Maine”

Special thanks to Brian Swartz for discussing the primary source quote with me and confirming that there should be a blog post about it! It had been a while since I’d seen a new Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain anecdote that I … Continue reading

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Sykes, Chamberlain disagree on who sent Vincent up Little Round Top

The 20th Maine Infantry’s veterans read the air while positioned near Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Along with the other soldiers in Col. Strong Vincent’s 3rd Brigade, 1st Division (Brig. Gen. James Barnes), V Corps (Maj. Gen. George Sykes, effective … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Passing Through the Fire

Writing Joshua Chamberlain’s Bio Involved a Reporter’s Approach  When Chris Mackowski invited me in February 2019 to write a Joshua L. Chamberlain biography for Emerging Civil War Series, I had already worked 33 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, … Continue reading

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Maine at War: January 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in January at his blog, Maine at War: January 1, 2020: Help erect the first Maine monument in the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is raising funds to erect … Continue reading

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General Joshua L. Chamberlain and a Fatherhood Journey

On October 18, 1864, Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote a letter to his wife, Frances Caroline. This letter – though written during the war period – is unique and gives a glimpse of fatherhood, rather than war. Chamberlain is … Continue reading

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Maine at War: A Conversation with Writer Brian Swartz (part four)

conclusion to a four-part series In wrapping up yesterday’s segment, Brian Swartz, author of the Maine at War blog, mentioned Tom Huntington’s new book, Maine Roads to Gettysburg. “He has done Maine history quite a service in articulating the stories … Continue reading

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Garfield and Chamberlain

On June 14, 1881, Joshua L. Chamberlain of Brunswick, Maine, wrote a letter to President James A. Garfield.  The President’s wife, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, had been ill with malaria for much of the spring, and Chamberlain offered this advice: It … Continue reading

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“Something Abides”: Joshua L. Chamberlain and Civil War Memory

As it was for millions of his generation, the Civil War was the defining event of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s life.  Veterans from both sides took understandable pride in their service, wrote their memoirs, and joined veterans’ organizations.  In all of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign: His Supposed Charge from Fort Hell, his Near-Mortal Wound, and a Civil War Myth Reconsidered”

To most of those who study the Civil War, the mention of Joshua L. Chamberlain conjures images of the 20th Maine’s stand atop Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. Chamberlain’s bayonet charge has certainly made him famous, but … Continue reading

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Don’t Give an Inch is “one big adrenaline rush”

Emerging Civil War’s latest book about Gettysburg tells the story of a battle hailed as “one, big adrenaline rush” by one of the book’s co-authors. Don’t Give An Inch: The Second Day At Gettysburg, July 2, 1863—from Little Round Top … Continue reading

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